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Getting a paternity test in Australia

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Are you questioning whether your child is yours but you're not sure where to start or what the process of DNA testing involves? In this article we'll outline the options available to you when undertaking this testing at Identilab, and the steps involved.

Identical or Fraternal? Twin DNA Zygosity Testing

Twin DNA test
Knowing if your twins are identical or not is important for medical, social, financial, and ethical reasons. Scans performed during pregnancy are not a reliable way of determining zygosity. Because of the difficulties in determining zygosity during pregnancy and the fact that identical twins may have slight differences in their physical appearance and fraternal twins may appear very similar, the best way to determine zygosity is by undertaking a DNA test.

Understanding Paternity Test Results

DNA results
Due to the science behind DNA testing, your results must be worded in a certain way that can be confusing. Read on for some further information to help you understand it better.

International surrogacy during a global pandemic

DNA test surrogacy
Preparing for the birth of a baby on the other side of the world is a nerve-wracking experience at the best of times. Having to do it during a global pandemic is beyond imagination. If Identilab can help make the exit process easier, we will.

Why Your DNA Test Should Be Conducted in Australia

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At Identilab, we pride ourselves on the fact that we are 100% Australian owned and operated. So why is this essential to the ethos of our business and how does it benefit you?

Case study - DNA sample collection in Yemen

Case study - DNA sample collection in Yemen
On the 14th of June, 2019, Identilab was engaged to undertake DNA testing for immigration purposes by Mohammad, who lives in Perth, and his parents, who live in Yemen. Mohammad needed this testing done to provide evidence of a biological relationship between him and his parents to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Coordinating a DNA sample collection in a war-torn country is no easy task.

How long do I have to wait for my DNA test results?

How long do I have to wait for my DNA test results?
The process of having a DNA test performed at Identilab - from ordering a test to getting your results - involves many steps and depends on multiple factors. A lot of people think that the test happens very quickly, and that they can have their results instantly, probably because they’ve seen it happen like that on TV. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Our standard processing times are 5 business days after you have received confirmation that your samples have arrived back in our laboratory for analysis.

DNA testing for visa and citizenship applicants

Immigration DNA Testing
The Department of Home Affairs and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal are asking for DNA evidence to prove a biological relationship between two or more people in an increasing number of visa and citizenship applications. DNA testing is a reliable means of providing evidence of a claimed biological relationship when documentation, such as birth certificates, is lacking or incomplete.

DNA Testing for Surrogacy Families

DNA Testing for Surrogacy Families
Identilab is proud to be the exclusive provider of DNA testing services for Families Through Surrogacy (FTS), an advocacy group bringing together intended parents, surrogates, and experts.

Including the mother in DNA testing

Including the mother in DNA testing
Identilab highly recommends including both parents in any parentage test, but the usual response to this is "I know I'm the mum" or "I know who the mum is". You can still do the test without them, but there are a few reasons why collecting a DNA sample from BOTH mum and dad is always a good idea.

Mouth Swabs versus Blood Samples for DNA Testing

Mouth Swabs versus Blood Samples for DNA Testing
A lot of people are surprised (and often relieved) to discover that we don't routinely use blood samples for our parentage and kinship tests. Instead, we use swabs from inside the mouth that are then transferred to archival paper. Here's why...

Court Ordered Paternity Tests - The Requirements of a Legal Paternity Test

Court Ordered Paternity Tests - The Requirements of a Legal Paternity Test
For DNA paternity or maternity test results to be admissible for legal purposes, such as for changing a birth certificate, Family Law Court proceedings, visa/citizenship applications or child support claims, the process undertaken needs to comply with the Family Law Regulations 1984 (Cth). This legislation outlines the way in which samples must be collected, packaged and tested.
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